Sitting on the summit of Walla Crag

Sitting on the summit of Walla Crag: Derwentwater, Catbells, Causey Pike and more in background

Height: 1234 feet above sea level (as Wainwright says: ‘Some walkers have difficulty in remembering the altitudes of fells: there is no excuse here for anyone who can count up to four.’)

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 19th July 2009 (walk 1). Second visit: 25th July 2011 (walk 41).

Bagged as number: First round: 1 of 330 – the FIRST ONE by the rules. [ (2) Ullock Pike >> ] Second round: Also the first one I visited twice so it starts this round too. [ (2) Illgill Head >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Ascended from Keswick by way of Rakefoot, and descended to the Borrowdale road and then back to Keswick along the shore of Derwentwater. Second visit: came in along the ridge from Bleaberry Fell and descended to Rakefoot.

Walla Crag from Catbells

Walla Crag viewed from Catbells – picture taken on walk 33.

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 3 of his chapter): “No excuse is good enough for missing this easy half-day’s walk, which is delightful throughout. A popular resort of holidaymakers, Walla Crag gives a brief but excellent insight into the joys of fellwalking.”

What I say: I would definitely recommend this walk to anyone arriving in Keswick for a holiday; I doubt there is anywhere else around which can be reached so easily and which then gives such a good view of the surrounding countryside. The view is very good indeed, in fact, particularly for something so modest in altitude. However, I would not climb up from the Borrowdale Road, which is a very steep ascent: the Rakefoot route is much easier.

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One Response to “Walla Crag”

  1. […] up on the 7th anniversary of 9th July 2009, the day I started on my first round (by attaining Walla Crag), and I intend that my next walk be around that date this year, so check back then for more […]

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